Sightings03/01/2016

Harbour Update – 02/01/16

Upton CP and Holes Bay are still two great urban sites to visit on a low tide with great close views of most of the harbour’s wader species with 100 Avocet, c150 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Redshank, also in the woodland around the edges were c20 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch and several Goldcrest. The Smew was also in Holes Bay north. At North Haven there were 2 Purple Sandpiper on the steps near the Ferry, 3 Great Northern Diver just inside the harbour and another in Shell Bay. Also in Shell Bay 1 adult winter Little Gull, 24 Sanderling, 1 Kingfisher and a Lesser Redpoll. In Studland Bay there were 4 Common Scoter and 2 Great Northern Diver. In Brands Bay there were 4 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 14 Pintail with 2 Sandwich Tern in Bramble Bush Bay. There was a Lytchett Bay MEGA in the shape of a drake Tufted Duck with 4 Shoveler (also scarce here). Also at Lytchett Bay there were 2 Spotted Redshank on the Pools Field with 3 on Lytchett Fields later in the day and 2 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank also on the Pools Field. Out in the Bay a Spoonbill dropped in and a Peregrine had a ding-dong with a Marsh Harrier whilst 2 Raven watched on. 

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